Portsmouth’s first annual Hip Hop Holiday – A Not So Silent Night….
The holiday season traditionally brings people together for celebrations of music, community and good food. Portsmouth’s first annual Hip Hop Holiday – A Not So Silent Night on Saturday, Dec. 15, will do just that – in a non-traditional way. Good tidings will include the art of scratching records, rapping, live painting demonstrations and a menu with 1950s cocktails, tacos and jalapeño macaroni and cheese.
The brainchild of Vida Cantina’s David Vargas and Jen Scumaci, a.k.a. DJ Skooch, the celebration will be held at St. Johns Masonic Lodge in Portsmouth and will benefit Gather, the region’s largest food pantry.
“This was something I’ve always wanted to do,” says Vargas. “I wanted a chance to celebrate local underground art in a joyful way.”
He teamed up with Kevin Walsh and Bryan Emerson from The Nice cocktail bar, booking STL GLD and Rayel to perform, deejays Teeba and DJ Skooch, and artists Stephen Godlieb, Michael Valotto, and Marisa Kang to paint.
Emcee Moe Pope and producer The Arcitype are STL GLD, winners of the 2017 Boston Music Awards’s “Album Of The Year,” “Video Of The Year” and “Producer Of The Year.” More recently, they have shared the stage with Ja Rule and The Roots, and joined the Boston Calling line-up in May alongside Eminem, The Killers and Jack White. In July, after performing at Brighton Music Hall, STL GLD was crowned Boston’s Best Band by Improper Bostonian.
Portsmouth’s Rachel Mayo, a.k.a. Rayel, is an emcee, vocalist and recording artist whose lyricism blends Golden Era nostalgia with hip hop in a timeless manner.
DJ Skooch is known as one of the best beat-mix, re-mix, and mash-up deejays on the Seacoast, providing the soundtrack for Portsmouth PRIDE, TEDx Portsmouth, Concert Across America to End Gun Violence, and National Night Out. Earlier this year she opened for Thievery Corporation at The Music Hall.
Deejay Teeba rounds off the line-up, producing boom-bap inspired hip-hop beats. Local music fans will recognize Teeba as Thomas Forbes, the bass player and a vocalist for Harsh Armadillo.
Vida will provide the food and The Nice will be serving drinks inspired by 1950s/‘60s cocktail culture.
Vargas says they are giving a share of the proceeds to Gather because he has worked with the Kittery school district and seen first-hand how Gather’s Meals 4 Kids program has made a difference there.
Deb Anthony, Gather’s executive director, says it’s collaborations like this that fuel the hunger relief organization’s work.
“Thanks to community support like this we are able to feed thousands of people each month in a dignified and healthy way,” she says. “Events like Hip Hop Holiday help us continue working on innovative solutions to end hunger in the greater Seacoast region.”
Tickets are $20 and include a taco, a drink, and a raffle ticket. They can be purchased at Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hip-hop-holiday-tickets-52687282079?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
The event starts at 7 p.m.
St. Johns Masonic Lodge is located at 351 Middle Street in Portsmouth.
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